We are all creative and different in many ways. Have you ever thought about how your differences make you the unique individual you are today?
While some people consider their differences to be a problem, creatives embrace and celebrate their differences. They also celebrate the differences they observe in others. After all, life would be boring if we all had the exact same traits and characteristics.
Take a look at some of the ways our differences make us unique and special.
Extrovert or Introvert
Extroverts love people, crowds, and socializing. Introverts enjoy quiet time, being alone, and spending time with a close friend. Extroverts gain energy and creativity from people and introverts become tired and sometimes intimidated by people.
Big Picture or Detailer
Big Picture people consider the general idea and overall focus of a project. They like outlines and high level descriptions. Detailers look at the details of the project and how to get something done. They often create project plans, timelines, and deliverables.
Planner or Flexer
Planners love structure, organization, and schedules. Deadlines make planners happy! Having everything in its place and neatly packaged makes them happy too. Flexers thrive on the moment and the general flow of life. They are not worried about open-ended schedules, loose ends, and unfinished projects. Spontaneity is the spice of life for Flexers.
Thinker or Feeler
Thinkers focus on concrete ideas, principles, and facts. They like to use data and information for decision-making and they are often left-brained more than creative right-brainers. Feelers often focus on emotions and feelings at the moment. They consider how others feel and are often more relationship-oriented than thinkers.
Keeper or Tosser
Keepers love to hang onto things and collect items. They find it difficult to let go of items, even if they seem useless. They think they may find a use for items one day. Tossers do not like clutter and are quick to discard unused items. They are quick to get rid of unnecessary things and move on. They like a clean, open space.
Multi-Tasker or Single-Focused
Multi-taskers love a variety of things happening at once. They can deal with many things and juggle lots of projects and priorities effortlessly. Single-focused individuals prefer to deal with a few things and often focus on only one project through completion. They may even become overwhelmed with too much happening at once and become stressed and anxious.
It does not matter what type of person you are. The important thing is to recognize how you think and react, and celebrate your differences. There is no right or wrong trait. Natural instincts take over and create us as the unique individuals we become in life. Take time to celebrate your differences and recognize that these differences create balance, variety, and excitement among people.
Yes, differences can create challenges, too – but don’t allow them to become obstacles and stifle your creativity. Recognize differences in yourself and others and find ways to not only overcome differences, but capitalize on the differences.
No matter what traits you possess, those traits are what make you a creative individual – embrace them!